Published: July 11, 2008
Updated: June 2, 2010
Louise Markert, MD, PhD, and her work featured on ABC TV on July 15, 2008
When the call came in late March, Louise Markert, MD, PhD, a pediatric immunologist at Duke, was ready.
Across campus, through the hospital, and into the operating room she marched. Nestled inside the sterile plastic container she held close to her body were precious slivers of a living human organ.
Those tiny slices held the promise of life for Jayla Turner, an innocent baby sleeping just beyond the operating doors. And Markert was the only doctor in the world who could deliver the experimental therapy they represent.
Discover how Dr. Markert's 20-year effort to perfect a radical transplant to save the lives of newborns with faulty immune systems came to fruition for Jayla Turner when ABC Network tells her story.